MADISON – Last month, a member of the “Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” was denied release from prison by Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson.
Brandon Poe, a member of the White family in Boone County and nephew of Jesco White, was featured as one of the characters in the very popular documentary movie “Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia.”
Poe was accused of shooting his uncle in the face, and then having a shootout with police in November 2005 when he was only 17-years-old.
In the documentary movie, Poe says he was under the influence of drugs and after an argument with his uncle, Billy Hastings, he went to his home and shot him in the face several times. He was also accused of robbing two people at gunpoint, stole several cars, set a car on fire and shot a police at least six times.
Hastings said he has forgiven his nephew and pleaded for his release from prison.
“I love him and I forgive him. I love you with all my heart and it kills that you’re in there. I want you to be out,” Hastings said, holding back tears.
Poe’s attorney argued that he was only 17 when the crimes occurred, and has since worked to make himself a better person in prison as reasons he should be set free. Officers who were there the night he shot at them came to speak out against his release.
“We’re pleased that this is one less individual that we have dealt with in the past that we at least have a chance at not having to deal with in the future,” explained Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller.
Judge Thompson ordered Poe back to prison, but made sure he knew it had nothing to do with his family’s long, and very well-known history in Boone County.
Poe will be eligible for parole in 2018. He will be 30 years old.